Charges were filed against a driver accused of possessing cocaine worth $25,000 that was located during a traffic stop and pursuit about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 24, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.
Suspect Irvin Robinson, 27, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was charged with felony possession of cocaine by Deputy Travis Perusse of the Interstate Crime Enforcement division. He was also charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and tampering with evidence.
ICE Lt. Chris Haynes said Deputy Perusse stopped Robinson and companion Tara Brockington about at the 94-mile marker near Beech Grove where he found indicators of criminal activity. Deputy Perusse received consent to search the vehicle.
“During the search Deputy Perusse discovered a vacuum sealed bag of what was thought to be cocaine,” Lt. Haynes said. “As Deputy Perusse went back toward the occupants, the driver, Mr. Robinson ran toward the vehicle. An altercation ensued and Mr. Robinson was able to break free and get into the vehicle and flee.
Deputy Perusse took custody of Brockington at the scene while Deputy Christian Wrather, who was responding to back up Deputy Perusse, came into contact with the fleeing vehicle at the 92-mile marker and started the pursuit.
Lt. Haynes joined the pursuit at the 85-mile marker where the speeds reached 100 mph. Robinson avoided the spike strips at the 81-mile marker near South Church Street but ran into the spikes deployed by Sgt. Mike George and Deputy Michael Romans at the 78-mile marker near Old Fort Parkway.
Robinson drove to the 76-mile marker near Medical Center Parkway where he lost control and his vehicle ended up in the ditch. Lt. Haynes and Lt. Kenneth Barrett took Robinson into custody.
“The cocaine in the vehicle was no longer there and had been tossed out,” Lt. Haynes said. “Deputies went back to the area of the initial stop and walked the roadside with the assistance of K-9's. Lt Barrett and K-9 Becky were able to locate the package of cocaine, which was 1/2 kilo.”
Robinson was taken to Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he was booked in. Bond was set at $20,500. A hearing is set May 27 in General Sessions Court. Brockington was charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Tennessee Highway Patrol filed an accident report on the damage to the vehicle the occupants were driving.